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Cancer Research Legend Beatrice Mintz Gone at 100

On January 3, 2022, a marvel of intelligence and ingenuity departed from the life science community in the form of Beatrice Mintz, who passed three weeks before her 101st birthday. Born in the Big Apple on January 24, 1921, Dr. Mintz would grow up to become one of the pioneering minds of modern embryology, whose trailblazing research would pave the way for current explorations of genetics.


Jazz Pharmaceuticals Lays Out Vision 2025

After a strong 2021 that included the acquisition of GW Pharmaceuticals, the approval of the acute lymphoblastic leukemia drug Rylaze and the achievement of $3 billion in annual revenue, Jazz Pharmaceuticals set the company’s sights on nearly doubling that return by 2025.


New Cell Therapy Player Makes Public Debut at JPM

Affini-T Therapeutics, a new cell therapy company launched by researchers from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, made its public debut at the 2022 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference with a mission to target oncogenic driver mutations to deliver transformative therapies intended to cure patients.


Newly Discovered Gene Doubles Severe COVID-19 Risk and WHO Updates Guidelines

The World Health Organization updated WHO’s treatment guidelines for COVID-19 for the eighth time, recommending baricitinib for individuals with severe COVID-19 when used with corticosteroids. In other news, researchers from the Medical University of Bialystok in Poland identified a gene that appears to double the risk of severe COVID-19.